Rygh's 250 gallon upgrade

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by rygh, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. gimmito

    gimmito Supporting Member

    Cuttlefish !
     
  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Anemone prop tank.
     
  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Regarding refugium ideas:

    Cuttlefish are interesting, and I am watching the various recent threads on those.
    But seem like a lot of work.

    Anemones are a really interesting idea. I had not though of that.
    Hmm.
    Good excuse to get more clownfish as well.

    Other fun thoughts:
    Clams, scallops, and shrimp.
    Lobsters
    Eels
    Sponges

    Probably not seahorses or a mantis shrimp.
     
  4. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Watch out for eels, they love to find a way to the main tank :lol:

    At our wholesale facility I have them pass through Sequence 5800 pumps and into other tanks! I had 4" wrasses do that as well.
     
  5. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    That's wild!
    Good to know.

    Speaking of Wrasse, that was another idea. There are some really nice "non-reef safe" wrasse out there.
    Some nice Angels and Triggers as well, but at half of a 100G, too small for most of those.
     
  6. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Rhinopias or angler
     
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Wow, those Rhinopias are pretty amazing looking, and a few are actually available online.
    A very interesting idea. I spent some time reading up on them.
    Could be a pretty appropriate fish for the refugium, since they are not exactly active.
    The big issue is feeding.
    Seems like it is hit/miss getting some of them to eat frozen silver-sides and such.
    Live food is a BIG hassle, and not something I really feel good about anyway.
    Still, needs some thought.
     
  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Blue spiny lobster
     
  9. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    They sure can be puppy dogs. A shop back in Chicago had one for many years that when you stuck you hand at the surface with food, he'd grab on and eat from your hands. He was tame enough to lift out of the water like that. He's since passed on but they have quite a few molts of his on the wall.
     
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I think we have a winner!!
    A great combination of being fun, unique, yet not too big of a hassle.

    That's what is great about these forums. Cool ideas I never would have thought of.

    Now I have to think how to build some interesting rock-scape for something that size.
    A cave, yet lots of open space.

    The best though : If it really pisses me off : Tasty. ;)
     
  11. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Toss an urchin in there so if the lobster is eater, you can have an uni appetizer :D
     
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    So here is the latest idea for the refugium tank.
    The idea is it will look a lot like a cave.
    Large back rock wall, sandy rubble bottom.
    Structure on right with deeper sand and rock structure with lots of hiding places.

    Seems good for a lobster, or some of the other ideas on what to put in there.
    Not too much of a detritus trap.

    I have been busy re-arranging the garage to make room. What a pain.
    Probably cut some holes in the acrylic and start building this weekend.
    But weeks/months before water.

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  13. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    This sounds cool. A display sump!
     
  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Update:
    New sump plan was going well, until the problem with the Alk Doser hit.

    I was wondering why I had some Cyano, and corals looked a bit annoyed.
    My Alk dosing pump had jammed and I did not notice. I need to test water more often,
    but when things are stable for a long time, you get lazy.
    Alk dropped to about 5.5 dkh.
    And interestingly, Calcium went way up, to about 600.

    I have been reluctant to add Alk back very fast, with that high of a Calcium level.
    Good way to get a snow storm of precipitation.
    Plus I want to avoid PH swings.

    So lots of water changes and extra Alk added every day. Getting better.
    Using Instant Ocean is a benefit : A bit low Calcium, high Alk.

    But I definitely lost a new-ish small SPS and a torch coral. Some others are not happy.
    Time will tell what else happens.
    Fortunately fish do not care.

    Doser is temporarily fixed, but planning on replacing that.
    (I created a different thread on which one to buy)
     
  15. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    New refugium has tap water in it. Passed leak test.
    Set up a temporary light as well. Old T5 lying around.
    Now to figure out the plumbing.

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  16. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    New refugium is IN!!

    OOOOOH salt water .... so exciting to look at with nothing in it.
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    The entire filtration setup. Big box on left is sump/settling tank. My skimmer is in there.
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    Hmm. I think I need to clean up the plumbing and wiring.
    Well, and finish reconnecting the other pump as well.
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  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Decided to spend some money and get a real PH monitor as well.
    That mess of wires above is my DIY controller. I had plans to do my own PH probe,
    but not worth the hassle.

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  18. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Nice spaghetti!
     
  19. gimmito

    gimmito Supporting Member

    Corrugated tubing & heavy duty velcro are your best friend. :)
     
  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Anybody having this problem with the heat wave???
    I do not have a chiller. Gets much worse and I need to pull out some fans.

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